Advancing Together: December 2019

December 2019 | Simon Wilkins, General Manager, LexisNexis Australia

simon-wilkinsHello and welcome to the December 2019 edition of Advancing Together.

Our second half of the year has been as busy as ever and it is always a privilege to share some of the really great projects we have taken part in along the way.

We continued our tradition of embarking upon our annual thought leadership event series. This year’s theme was “Decoding Cybersecurity: Clause & Effect”, with the aim of finding out how cybersecurity and the surging importance of data privacy and the protection of data has affected the legal profession and society at large.

We heard some fascinating insights about what lawyers and cybersecurity experts felt about the current legislative environment, their thoughts on how to best respond to a data breach and also where this space would be going from a legal and practical perspective.  It was an extremely interesting discussion and you can read more about our findings in our Roadshow Report here.

We have also celebrated some remarkable achievements in our Rule of Law activities.

In September, we conducted our first-ever business-wide Rule of Law Hackathon as part of our global Rule of Law initiative.  Our teams were invited to contribute first-hand to the development of rule of law analytics by creating data-science models to feed into our in-house machine learning teams.  It was a huge success and we can’t wait for our next hackathon to take place!

We were also very proud to continue our partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission team.  In August we were thrilled to announce the launch of the Vietnamese version of RightsApp, the world’s first human rights mobile phone app which allows users to quickly and easily search international human rights conventions and legislative instruments.  This was a project we had partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission almost three years ago and it is fantastic to see this mobile application become more readily accessible to the people of Vietnam.

We hope you enjoy this new edition of Advancing Together and we look forward to bringing you more updates about our initiatives and how we can continue to advance the rule of law around the globe.

Simon Wilkins

Managing Director, Australia

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